Dec. 29, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won five consecutive and eight of its last nine games since Nov. 26, plays host to Alabama A&M on Dec. 31, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The game against the Bulldogs will be the Seminoles first since a convincing 95-68 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Dec. 22 – a span of nine days. The break was the Seminoles’ longest of the season after having played 13 games in the first 37 games of the season beginning with their season-opening 87-61 victory over Jacksonville. Florida State is 6-0 at home in the Tucker Center so far this season and have won 11 consecutive games dating to a 62-58 win over Georgia Tech on Feb. 7, 2009. The Seminoles have won their last seven non-conference home games – a streak that began with a victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 3, 2009 and closed the 2008-09 season with four consecutive ACC victories over Georgia Tech, Virginia, Miami, Clemson and Virginia Tech. Following Thursday’s game against Alabama A&M, the Seminoles will play host to Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 4 to close out their non-conference schedule. The Seminoles – who won their first ACC game of the year at Georgia Tech (66-59 in overtime) on Dec. 20 – play their second conference game of the season at Maryland on Jan. 10.
SEMINOLES BACK IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Alabama A&M ranked No. 22 in this week’s Associated Press poll and No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. It marks the second week this season the Seminoles have been nationally ranked – they were ranked No. 21 in the AP poll during the week of Nov. 30.
ALABI RANKS AS ACC LEADER; AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN BLOCKS
All-American candidate Solomon Alabi, who is also a candidate for the Naismith and Wooden Awards, enters Thursday’s game against Alabama A&M ranked 10th nationally and as the ACC leader with 36 blocked shots. He has blocked a team leading 36 blocked shots through the first 13 games of the season – a total which has given him 120 blocks for his 58 game career (2.1 bpg). He is already ranked fifth in school history for career blocked shots and needs only two blocks to move into sole possession of fourth place in the Florida State record book. Alabi leads Florida State in scoring (career-high 12.7 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg), field goal shooting percentage (.587) and blocked shots (2.8 bpg) through the Seminoles’ first 13 games of the season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Alabama A&M and win their 12th consecutive home game. The Seminoles are 6-0 at home this season and won their final five home games (all ACC games) at the end of the 2008-09 season;
…Defeat Alabama A&M and win their third game of the season against a team from the state of Alabama. The Seminoles defeated Alabama in the second round of the Old Spice Classic (Nov. 27, 60-51) and beat Auburn at home (Dec. 17, 76-72) earlier this season;
…Defeat Alabama A&M and win its sixth consecutive game against a team from the state of Alabama. In addition to its victories over Alabama and Auburn earlier this season, the Seminoles have consecutive victories over teams from the state of Alabama with wins coming against Birmingham Southern (during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons) and South Alabama (during the 2004-05 season).
FLORIDA STATE’S CURRENT WINNING STREAK
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Alabama A&M having won a season-high five consecutive games. The Seminoles have won each of their five games since defeating FIU, 82-62, in Tallahassee and are looking to close out the month of December with a 6-1 record. Florida State’s five-game winning streak is their longest since opening the 2008-09 season with seven consecutive wins.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING WAYS AT HOME
Florida State enters Thursday’s game having won 11 consecutive home games (1.000 winning percentage), 10 of its last 12 homes games in the month of December (.833) and 62 of its 66 (.939) non-conference regular season home games in eight years under Leonard Hamilton.
SEMINOLES HISTORICALLY RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A WIN
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Alabama A&M on New Years Eve with a 6-3 record on the final day of a given year. The Seminoles have won two consecutive New Year’s Eve games and are 2-0 at home to ring out the old year. Florida State’s game against Alabama A&M is its first New Year’s Eve home game since Dec. 31, 1970 when the Seminoles defeated Arizona, 95-85, on their way to a 17-9 record.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES’ VICTORY OVER UT MARTIN ON DEC. 22…
…The Seminoles’ 95 points scored against the Skyhawks were the most since they totaled 95 at Providence on Dec. 22, 2007;
…The Seminoles’ +27 margin of victory against the Skyhawks was their highest since a +30 (78-48) margin in a win over Georgia State on Nov. 20, 2007;
…The Seminoles’ 51 first half points in their victory over the Skyhawks were the most first half points since they scored 51 in an 87-55 victory over Georgia State on Dec. 7, 2006.
FLORIDA STATE GOING TO THE BOARDS NOTE I
Led by Luke Loucks’ career-high nine rebounds in the Seminoles’ victory over UT Martin, Florida State outrebounded the Skyhawks by a 45-38 margin. The Seminoles have now outrebounded 10 consecutive opponents and 12 of their 13 opponents this season. Florida State’s current streak began against Florida on Nov. 24.
SEMINOLES GOING TO THE BOARDS NOTE II
Florida State is ranked fifth in the ACC in rebounding average (41.2 rpg) and is ranked fifth in the league statistics in rebounding margin (+7.7) this season after ranking tied for 11th in the league statistics in rebounding average (34.9) and 11th in rebounding margin (+0.9) during the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles are averaging 6.3 rebounds per game more this season than they did last season and have their highest per game rebound margin since the 1975-76 season when they averaged 43.3 rebounds per game.
FLORIDA STATE LEADS THE ACC IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State, which has held each of its first 13 opponents of the 2009-10 season under 47 percent shooting from the field, enters Thursday’s game against Alabama A&M as the ACC leader in field goal percentage defense. Florida State held Mercer to a season-low .197 shooting from the field in the Seminoles’ 89-50 victory over the Bears on Nov. 21. Only then No. 15 Florida, in a 68-52 victory by the Gators, has shot better than 46 percent from the field against the Seminoles this season.
THE LAST TEAM TO SHOOT BETTER THAN 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD…
…Against Florida State was North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the 2008 ACC Tournament – 50 games ago meaning the Seminoles have held 49 consecutive opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field entering Thursday’s game against Alabama A&M.
FLORIDA STATE’S TEAM STREAKS…
…Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 119 consecutive games. The last time the Seminoles did not make a shot from the bonusphere was on Jan. 4, 2005 at Clemson.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 10.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg in two games vs. Alabama schools) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 3.0 ppg and 3.0 rpg in two games vs. Alabama schools) C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.7 ppg, 2.8 bpg; 16.0 ppg and 3.5 bpg in two games vs. Alabama schools) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (9.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 11.5 ppg and 2.0 rpg in two games vs. Alabama schools) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (9.0 ppg, 3.8 apg; 6.0 ppg and 6.5 apg in two games vs. Alabama schools) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 1.0 ppg and 1.0 rpg in two games vs. Alabama schools) G #3 Luke Loucks (3.0 ppg, 3.2 apg; 2.5 ppg and 2.0 apg in two games vs. Alabama schools) F #1 Xavier Gibson (6.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 8.5 ppg and 3.0 rpg in two games vs. Alabama schools) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 9.0 ppg and 2.0 rpg in two games vs. Alabama schools) G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.9 ppg, 1.0 apg; 0.0 ppg and 1.0 rpg in two games vs. Alabama schools) Two Alabama Schools = victories over Alabama (Nov. 27) and Auburn (Dec. 17)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR ALABAMA A&M F #40 Maurice Kemp (5.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 19 pts and 6 rebs. vs. Oakwood, Nov. 16, 2009) F #42 Bo Amusa (8.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg; 13 pts and 9 rebs vs. Martin Methodist, Nov. 21, 2009) F #52 Adam Young (4.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg; 8 pts and 7 rebs vs. Oakwood, Nov. 16, 2009) G #12 Jabari DeSheilds (2.6 ppg, 2.6 apg; 7 pts and 4 asts vs. Tuskegee, Dec. 5, 2009) G #33 Evan Hilton (9.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 13 pts and 4 stls vs. South Carolina, Nov. 13, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. ALABAMA A&M - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: First Meeting Last Game: First Meeting Last Florida State Win: First Meeting Last Alabama A&M Win: First Meeting Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: First Meeting Last Alabama A&M Win in Tallahassee: First Meeting Current Streak: First Meeting Leonard Hamilton vs. Alabama A&M: First Meeting